Christmas gift and baking

The most enjoyable thing as an artist is when you receive a request to create something for another person. And, this week i received a request to create a personalized picture with a few vintage cars and a motorbike. And for this one I didn’t have that much time to do the work, but it was doable. So after I had received the reference pictures that I would  work from I sat down and started to sketch up the illustration.

In this picture you see how I have been sketching up the two cars and the motorbike. When I work with cars I prefer to have them as clean as possible, since I knew this illustration were going to the owner of the cars in the pictures, I wanted to make it sort of memorable and clutter free.

I started to paint the motorbike, and here you see that it has that vintage greenish blue color and luckily I did have the paint/s so that I could mix to get this particular color.

I started to work on this drawing on Wednesday this past week, and usually once I start with an illustration and if I am in the right mood, i usually work fast. As an artist [at least for me] I have to be in the right mood or have my mojo, to be able to create a good painting. These are things you cannot force to come out if they are not there. And this time I had the inspiration there in the photos, and my mind was set to create the illustration. I could see the image taking form in my head before I sat down to start putting it down on the paper.

This process is getting complicated if you get several images “lining” up in your head and you don’t have enough time to put them all down at that particular moment. What I usually do then is to scribble down some notes and make a doodle to be able to remember the different images.

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Well, on Thursday I managed to finish the illustration completely to be able to bring it to my colleague at work on Friday. It always feels nice to hand over  a work you have created.

At the moment i can’t say that I am too stressed about creating art, I sit down and do some work when I have something substantial to work on. And as many of you know it’s all about Christmas these days, and it’s only five more sleeps until Christmas Day’s here.

Yesterday, Saturday, was my baking-day for Xmas and I really enjoy this moment of the year and keeping traditions.

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Cinnamon buns were on the agenda to make this time, and they are really simple to make:

500 ml whole milk
150 g unsalted butter
2 eggs
10-15 dl white flour
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1 dl sugar
1 dl white [sugar] syrup
100 g dried yeast

Filling:

1 dl granulated sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
75 g butter

1. To make the dough place the milk and butter into a saucepan over medium/low heat and cook until the butter has melted. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly and, once lukewarm, mix in the egg.

2. Place the flour, cardamom, sugar and salt into large bowl and mix together.

3. Add the dried yeast and mix thoroughly.

4. Add the liquid mixture and mix to form a rough dough. Tip out onto the worktop and knead for 5-10 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic.

5. Place the dough in a clean bowl and cover with cling film. Place somewhere warm and allow to rise until doubled in size, about an hour.

6. Line two baking trays with parchment paper and set aside. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured worktop, flatten into a rough rectangle and then roll out until approximately 25 cm x 35 cm (10″ x 14″).

7. For the filling mix the sugar, cinnamon and butter together to form a smooth paste. Using a spatula or spoon spread the filling evenly across the dough.

8. Roll the dough along the long edge into a sausage. Using a serrated knife or dental floss cut into twelve rounds. Place onto the prepared baking trays and cover with a kitchen towel. Allow to rise until almost doubled, about 45-60 minutes.

9. Whilst proving, preheat the oven to 180°C (360°F, gas 4, fan 160°C). When ready to bake brush the buns with a little beaten egg and sprinkle with pearl sugar, then bake in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Best served still warm.

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And this is how they look, the smell was lovely in the house afterwards.

~Eva’s Chronicles~

 

 

9 thoughts on “Christmas gift and baking

  1. i am sure the person who receives the painting will love it truly. i can somewhat understand your images in your head and feeling the mojo, even though I am not an artist. that is what happens to me when i create a post for my blog… it comes in my head and i have to do it.

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  2. Dearest Eva,
    You delivered some incredible work and so happy for you that it went that smooth all the way.
    Yes, baking does fill the home with a lovely fragrance and not only that, an air of memories that are stored inside our hearts… Great for being able to carry on with tradition!
    Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas.
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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